To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, we are looking back at the remarkable careers of the ships where the war began and ended for the United State, both built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. USS Arizona was built in 1916, and 25 years later, it was destroyed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, killing 1,177 aboard and drawing the US into the war. In 1944, USS Missouri slid off the ways in Brooklyn, and it would become the site of the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay on Sep. 2, 1945. We will share stories of the ships’ construction and service, and our experiences visiting both, sitting side by side today, one afloat and one at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, Hawai’i.
- USS Arizona Memorial
- Battleship Missouri Memorial
- Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial
- From Perry To MacArthur: Flag Links Historic US Visits to Japan, in Peace and War
- Brooklyn Navy Yard Visitors Share Memories and Mementos
- Clayton Colefield and the Building of USS Missouri
- USS Arizona, Brooklyn’s Most Famous Battleship